Novak Djokovic wants to return to Australia despite deportation saga, Australian Open

Despite the deportation drama that dominated the Australian tennis summer, Novak Djokovic has no grudge against the nation.

Novak Djokovic has expressed his desire to return to Australia despite deportation drama ahead of the 2022 Australian Open.

Djokovic won his 21st Grand Slam title this week after defeating Australian Nick Kyrgios in the Wimbledon final.

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Djokovic’s attention has already turned to what’s next as he aims to get ahead of Rafael Nadal, who currently holds the record for most Grand Slam titles at 22.

The next grand slam, the US Open, starts in late August, but the 35-year-old currently doesn’t believe he can play in the tournament due to US coronavirus laws barring unvaccinated people from entering the country.

Djokovic refused a Covid shot, which led to his deportation from Australia earlier this year.

Speaking to reporters when he opened a tennis center in Bosnia, Djokovic said he still hadn’t given up on returning to Australia.

“I was deported from a country to which I would like to return,” Djokovic said.

“I would like to return to Australia. I love Australia, in this country I had the best results in the Grand Slam tournaments.

“Hopefully in January I can be there because I want to be there and I also want to be in New York. I want to be in America, I want to be wherever I can play.

“I’m a professional tennis player, I don’t get into politics or anything else because it doesn’t interest me.

“I have my own position, and I am a supporter of the freedom to choose what is best for you. I respect everything and everyone, and at least I expect people to respect my decision.

If I have permission, I will be there. If I don’t, I won’t be there – it’s not the end of the world.

“I still feel young in my own skin, I feel like I have many more years ahead of me so there will be many opportunities.”

Djokovic not vaccinated against Covid-19 and was strong in his opposition to getting the jab.

The Australian drama began when Djokovic had his entry visa revoked. tried to enter the country for the Australian Openjust a few hours after he advertised his “permission to release” on Instagram when he boarded a flight to Australia.

Then Prime Minister Scott Morrison showed that Djokovic never had an exception first, which was the beginning of a long trial.

“People still think that I forced my way into Australia and tried to enter without documents, permits or benefits – this is not true,” Djokovic said.

“This has been proven in court, so I will never travel to a country that I do not have permission to enter.”

Djokovic won the first court battlewho canceled the cancellation of his visa, but the decision by that time Immigration Minister Alex Hawke canceled the visa “for reasons of health and order”..

Djokovic was then deported from the country on the eve of the Australian Open. won by Rafael Nadal.

Earlier this week, Australian Open director Craig Tiley said he had no control over Djokovic being allowed into the country, but hoped the Serbian star would be allowed to play in front of the Australian public again.

“I think we’re doing our best,” Tiley said. “Obviously it’s not my decision whether he can play at the Australian Open but Novak is always welcome and he knows a lot of people in Australia enjoy watching him play.

“I think we are doing our best. It’s clear it’s not my decision whether he can play at the Australian Open but Novak is always welcome, he knows a lot of people in Australia enjoy watching him play.”

The Australian government has also relaxed rules for international arrivals who no longer need to declare their Covid vaccination status.

This is despite 47,095 cases and 73 deaths in Australia as of July 13.

Djokovic was also banned for three years for visa revocation, but Australian law allows the ban to be lifted for good or compassionate reasons.

The Serbian star was able to play at the French Open and Wimbledon, but it is unknown if he will be able to play at the US Open due to national vaccination laws.

“I am not vaccinated and do not plan to be vaccinated, so the only good news I can have is the abolition of the mandatory green vaccination card or whatever you call it for entry into the United States or release,” Djokovic said after his triumph at Wimbledon . Australian Nick Kyrgios.

“I don’t know. I don’t think a release is really possible. If it’s possible, I don’t know what kind of release it is.

“I don’t know. I don’t have many answers there.”

Djokovic has resigned himself to not playing in New York but hopes the American rules will change before the start of the US Open.

“At the moment I can’t go to the United States, I hope for positive news, but there is not much time, I don’t know, hope is eternal,” he told the Serbian broadcaster RTS.

“I would love to play in the US Open, but if it doesn’t, it’s not the end of the world and it’s not the first Grand Slam that I have to refuse.

“It is important for me to stay healthy physically and mentally so that I can play for a long time, and the chances for this will definitely appear.”

With AFP

Originally published as ‘I love Australia’: Novak Djokovic’s plea after the deportation saga